A funny, heartwarming picture book about independence, self-esteem and knowing when to stop being grown-up!
Maisie Paradise Shearring studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with a First in 2013. She went on to gain a Distinction from Cambridge School of Art in Children's Book Illustration. She has been mentored by Nick Sharratt, and won the International Award for Illustration at the Bologna Children's Book Fair for her illustrated depiction of her mother's school days. She is the author and illustrator of Anna and Otis and I'm Actually Really Grown Up Now, and has illustrated Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince.
We've all heard kids declare themselves grown-up, but sometimes
they need to stop racing ahead. This funny picture book with busy
and colourful illustrations is about "independence, self-esteem and
knowing when to stop being grown-up!" It's Shearring's follow-up to
her acclaimed Anna and Otis, about overcoming fears and making
friends. The author has a special talent for capturing the highs
and lows of childhood. When Meena realises being grown-up means
unpacking the shopping and putting the food away, it isn't quite as
fun as she expected * I News *
Parents of children who have desperately wanted to stay up and be part of a grown-up party will recognise Meena's fear of missing out, and Shearring's book is a great way to remind children that sometimes, adults need to have fun with their friends just like kids need to enjoy being kids (and, maybe, adult parties might even be a bit boring). Shearring's illustration is always full of verve and fun (mum and dad's expressions when being woken up after the party are brilliant) and her depiction of a modern family is lovely * BookTrust *
beautifully illustrated and written * Express *